With Friends of NRA celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, the program is doing a lot to honor those who have become a part of its illustrious history. One such gesture is recognizing the “Founding Friends of NRA Committees.” Of the 191 committees created in Friends of NRA's inaugural year, only 76 remain. These founding committees were recently given a special plaque created by Legacy Quest Outdoors using reclaimed barn wood to recognize their legacy.
Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon recently sent us this photo of the original members of the Kings County Friends of NRA committee, who raised nearly $1,700 with 150 attendees at their first banquet in 1993. This year, with 350 attendees at the El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn, the Kings County committee raised about $47,000. Over their 20 history, a total of 3,879 attendees have raised a net profit of $158,155 for the shooting sports in New York.
Field Rep Rich D’Alaura earned his Specialist title a couple years ago because of his outstanding achievements and leadership as a NRA Field Representative for the last 20 years. Starting with the NRA in 1989 as a field rep for the membership department, in 1992 he was asked to start hosting Friends of NRA banquets in his area and has stayed ever since.
From Traditions Quarter 1: 2012, article “The First 5 Years”:
“When the Friends program was first introduced to us, most of us had never been to one of these ‘fundraising events.’ Those of us who agreed to take on the new challenge, were on a steep learning curve,” D’Alauro said. “Luckily, in the two years I had been with the NRA prior to joining the Friends of NRA team, I had made a lot of good contacts among our membership pool. I went to these volunteers and told them we were going to throw NRA parties and raise some money for the cause. Luckily, most of my volunteers went along with it.”
The 191 committees that started with Friends of NRA in 1992 and 1993 have now grown to over 1,000 committees with approximately 30,000 volunteers. Thanks to the building blocks created by Kings County and the other remaining Founding committees, Friends of NRA has raised over $180 million for The NRA Foundation - all of which has been spent on supporting the future of the shooting sports.